Spanish Energy Plan: 100% Renewable Electricity By 2050

Solar Plant, Seville. Image: Denis Zhitnik Shutterstock

The government defines its own low emission strategy to move Spain towards a carbon neutral economy.

When we talk about renewable energy and emissions, Spain is taking it seriously. They are already working on the energy plan that will set national targets for 2050.

In a movement that anticipates the work of the European Union, which continues to fight with directives and regulations for the 2021-2030 decade, Madrid unveils the content of the new bill aimed at decarbonizing its economy.

The project contains two main objectives: the first refers to renewable sources, which should contribute 70% of electricity production by 2030 and 100% by 2050; the second foresees a 90% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 (compared to 1990 levels). To this end, the Government is committed to installing at least 3 GW of wind and photovoltaic energy each year – also supported by the new self-consumption law – in the next 10 years.

Wind farm, Burgos. Image: Pedrosala Shutterstock

At the same time, all new licenses for oil extraction, hydrocarbon exploitation and franking will be prohibited, reserving a fifth of the state budget for climate change mitigation measures. Energy efficiency will also be improved. The goal is to increase energy savings to 35% in 11 years, focusing primarily on the construction sector. Every year 100,000 homes will have to be energy rehabilitated, while government authorities and the public sector will be forced by law to rent only buildings with almost zero energy consumption.

Another objective included in the Spanish climate and energy plan refers to mobility: between 4 and 5 million electric vehicles must be in circulation by 2030. The Secretary of State for Energy, José Domínguez Abascal, explained that the Government of Sánchez will work to that, “until 2030”, Spain adds to its generation “between 50,000 and 60,000 megawatts of renewable energy”, mobilizing up to 70,000 million euros. ” Half or more of that energy must be solar, ” he added. “ Spain has a unique opportunity in history. It is the first time that a technological transformation has taken place in which our country participates in the front row . ” According to official sources, the Climate Energy Plan will be ready for next month.

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